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Scully’s Aluminum Boats 2072 Walk Thru

The 2072 Walk Thru is one of the more-popular models from Scully’s Aluminum Boats.


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Hanko’s Aluminum Boats 22 X 7 LS

The 22 X 7 LS is the latest high-performance boat in a line of Hanko’s aluminum boats that began with workboats and now includes a little bit of everything.


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SeaArk Boats Bay Extreme

The new Bay Extreme from SeaArk Boats can’t bait a hook, cast a lure or fight a fish, but it does everything else well.


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Excel Boats 220 Bay Pro

The 220 Bay Pro is the latest model offered from Excel Boat Company, which has deep roots in Arkansas flooded-timber duck hunting. The company began with a need for tough, durable boats, and it has grown to be a premiere manufacturer of an affordable and tough line of aluminum boats targeting the unique needs of outdoor recreational enthusiasts.


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Xpress Boats H22 Bay

The Hyper-Lift Bay Boat series by Xpress is part of the company’s all-welded offerings, and this high-performance pad hull is the foundation for the H22 Bay.


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Alumacraft 2072 Bay

The Bay Series is new for Alumacraft, and the company entered the category with 18- and 20-foot models. With their years of experience building high-performance, deep-V hulls, Alumacraft craftsmen had the know-how to build superior aluminum fishing boats and it was simply a matter of putting it together in a package tailored to skinny water.


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Ranger Boats RT188

Manufacturers are doing some impressive things with aluminum, and the new RT188 Ranger is an excellent example.


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A swimbait or flutter-style hook can be rigged to make a soft-plastic bait like this Gulp shrimp weedless. Fishing weedless

It is usually important to keep your redfish baits and lures near the bottom, but guide Rick Patterson said in late winter and early spring there is a marine vegetation growing in almost all of the bays and creeks that will keep your hooks fouled. The growth usually begins sometime in February and gets worse as the sunlight increases and the water warms. 


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Knowing how the tide runs in a certain area can put you in position to fish productive shallow-water areas like this bay with oysters. Not knowing the tide can leave you stranded. Fishing the tide

Rick Patterson said it is important to know and understand tides before fishing on the flats and bays around Swansboro. Tide stages vary in time at different locations according to their relationship and distance from inlets, and it’s of absolute importance to know how tidal movement affects fish and when to move on and off shallow flats and bays to keep from being stranded.


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By trailing a length of logging chain behind the boat, anglers fishing from the bow can go slow even in strong winds. Dealing with wind

As a tournament crappie fisherman Charlotte’s Mike Parrott is no stranger to fishing when he has to. He doesn’t get the luxury of choosing when tournaments will be held and most times, unless a dire situation exists, it’s time to hit the water. Like the Boy Scouts of America like to say:  “Be Prepared”.


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Side- and down-imaging technology can help crappie anglers find and orient to fish before even wetting a line. Sonar on the side

One of the ways that crappie pro Kent Driscoll has stayed on top of tournament leader boards has been by mastering the use of the newest sonar technology, and he relies on it as much as anything in his boat.


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Strong cold fronts will send crappie deep into cover where fishing straight down to the fish may be the only way to get one to bite. Cold-front finesse fishing

The frequent cold fronts that wash over North Carolina in late February and through March can cause crappie to halt their progression toward the shallows, sink deep into brush or other cover and be hard to catch. 


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